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Caldera Cone System

This revolutionary approach to esbit and alcohol stove cookery has quickly become the gold standard for ultralight backpackers.  For those new to the Caldera Cone System there is plenty of information in the tabs below.

In summary, the Caldera System includes the cone specifically sized to fit your pot and provide maximum stability and wind protection, custom tuned stove with integrated primer pan, fuel bottle, measuring cup and the Caldera Caddy to protect all the pieces and double as a mug and bowl! (pot not included)

Don't forget to add a Simmer Ring to expand your cooking options!

Save 10% off ANY compatible pot when you buy this system!

NOT FOR USE WITH WOOD OR PETROLEUM FIRES!!!! For wood fires see our 3 Fuel Ti-Tri Products

Made in the USA! 


Our cone systems are fitted to specific cookware. Select the pot or mug that you plan to use with your stove.


This is a revolutionary approach to esbit and alcohol stove cookery. Trail Designs has developed a cone and stove system that is tuned to specific pots to create the most efficient esbit and alcohol stove system in the known universe.

By completely enclosing the pot and stove within the Caldera Cone, and fine tuning the alcohol stove (included...Gram Cracker esbit stove optional) to work in that environment, we are now able to milk every last BTU out of your fuel and funnel it onto all sides of your pot. Not only does the cone system optimize your fuel usage, we also eliminate the need for a pot stand by supporting the pot from the top of the cone.....and its wide base provides the most stable system on the market. And if that weren't enough, by totally enclosing the pot and stove, nothing performs better in the wind. Period. The Caldera Cone unfolds to pack flat or you can roll it up for easy storage.

The Caldera Cone features a bomb-proof dovetail closure mechanism, venting that is biased to one side so you can block the wind better, and is made of light weight aluminum. The Caldera System includes the cone sized to fit your pot, custom tuned stove with integrated primer pan, fuel bottle, measuring cup and the new Caldera Caddy to protect all the pieces and double as a mug and bowl! (pot not included)

NOT FOR USE WITH WOOD OR PETROLEUM FIRES!!!! For wood fires see our 3-Fuel Ti-Tri Products


  • Caldera Cone sized to fit your pot perfectly
  • 12-10 alcohol stove with integrated primer pan included
  • Fuel bottle kit with measuring cup included
  • Caldera Caddy included to store/protect everything AND double as a mug/bowl
  • Pot not included


Dimensions and weight of the cone vary depending on what size pot is being used.
Each cone is hand crafted to fit your specific pot perfectly.  

Min Weight: 

Caldera Cone - 28gm to 78gm

12-10 Stove - 16gm

Fuel Bottle - 20gm




The Last Englishmen
Hiking 2,650 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Keith Foskett

"There was one piece of gear I didn't want to compromise on and that was a stove.  Trail Designs' Caldera Cone System is fantastic.   It is beautifully simple, light, efficient, well-constructed and bulletproof."
     Page 341 - available now at Lulu


April 2011 - Opdag Verden Magazine (Danish)
Equipment Testing - Ultralight Innovation
Volcano From Yosemite!

"One can find many burners that can cook a half liter of water in three minutes but this is the coolest that weighs 63 grams and folds smaller than a coke bottle.  Trail Designs own thumping Caldera brand is more fun.... and more modern than anything on the market and we love it already."
     Review - Page 52 (article in Danish)


August 2011 - TGO Magazine
Cooking Systems for Lightweight Backpacking - Chris Townsend
TGO - Best Buy
TGO - Recommended

"Caldera Cone stove systems have been my favourites for several years now.   This model is the one I used on the Pacific Northwest Trail Last summer......"
     Intro - Page 98
     Review - Page 101

 Summer 2011 - Women's Adventure
Camping Stoves - Gear Review

"....Caldera’s cone captures and maximizes heat from three potential sources: wood, alcohol, and esbit (a solid fuel tablet)......this versatile system requires much less fuel than petroleum-based systems so it’s more weight-efficient for backpacking.."
     Online review here

 Ultralight Backpackin' Tips
Written and Illustrated by Mike Clelland!

"Another system for maximizing efficiency is the amazing Caldera Cone system......Highly recommended."
     Scan of relevant area on Page 99

gearguide November 2010 - TGO
TGO Gear Special - TGO writers choose their all-time favorites

Caldera Cone Stove System
".....after years of using petroleum fuel and cartridge stoves I've returned to meths for long distance walks. This is due to the ingenious Caldera Cone...."
     Equipment Editor Chris Towsend article - page 5 800K

Trail Designs Caldera Keg
"This cooking system is particulary unusual....because it ousted my lighter homemade beer can stove system from my kit list. It managed this unprecedented feat by being the most powerful and fantastically efficient meths stove system I've ever used."
     Ultralightweight Specialist Eddy Meechan article - page 10 900K

gearguide April 2010 - Trail Magazine 2010 Gear Guide

"Caldera Cone and Stove - 4 stars - Add on a dedicated kettle and this is perfect for super light backpacking."

Original article - page 109 700K

Summer 2008 - Live for the Outdoors
Graham Thompson - Video Review

"It's a remarkable piece of kit......if you want to travel ultralight it is probably one of the best things you are going to find."

Trail Magazine Video Review

July 2008 - Trail Magazine - Stoves - The Finalists - Best for Lightweight

Trail Designs Caldera Cone Stove
"This is a remarkable product. It's based around a tiny meths stove that weighs only 16g.....(and) the addition of the Caldera Cone transforms the performance by acting as a windshield, supporting the pan and funnelling the heat to the base of it......The whole cook set (with MSR Kettle) weighs in at 180g which is lighter than most burners! It's neat and compact too making it ideal for ultralight backpacking."

Original article - page 78 83 K

Summer 2008 - BackpackingLight Magazine - Issue 9
Article by Alan Dixon - Extreme Ultralight in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Alan Dixon does a sub-5 pound FSO trip and includes the Caldera!
"The light weight and high fuel efficiency of the Caldera system is hard to beat.....Weight of the whole system, including fuel bottle (less fuel) was around 3 ounces."

Original article - page 82 760 K
Picture of the gear - page 80 840 K

April 2008 - TGO Magazine
Article by Cameron McNeish - Five Favourite Things

Caldera Cone Stove
"Another relative newcomer to my gear shed but I wonder how I managed without it for so many years. This super-duper lightweight meths stove is the modern equivalent of my old, and much-cherished, Trangia stove."

Original article - page 81 250 K

January 2008 - TGO Magazine
Chris Townsend review - TGO Best Buy

"Last July I reviewed the original version of this stove and gave it a Best Buy. The latest version is even better and weighs 12 grams less as the material is lighter....the new one has a dovetial join that slides together (and) the air slots now only run along one side..... The combination of stability, light weight, fuel efficiency and wind resistance makes the Caldera Stove the best meths stove for backpacking in my opinion, suitable for any length of trip any time of year."

Original article - page 84 480 K

December 2007 - Sea Kayaker Magazine
Ultralight Camp Stove

"The Caldera Cone Stove System from Trail Designs is an ultralight, fuel-efficient alcohol stove system. It is stable, wind resistant and weighs less than two ounces.....The Caldera Cone fits most popular titanium pots and mugs and functions as a combined pot stand, windscreen and heat exchanger. It is easy to disassemble and pack."

Original article - page 54 321 K

Dec 07 Backpacker December 2007 - Backpacker Magazine - 2007 Ultralight Handbook
Kristin Hostetter - Backpacker Magazine - Gear Editor

Caldera Kitchen
"This alcohol stove system has it all: utter simplicity. Wispy weight. An ingenious packing system.....But what makes the Caldera unique is the way the system is integrated: The aluminum windscreen forms a rigid cone which supports (the) pot perfectly suspended over the burner - and efficiently captures the alcohol's BTU's."

Original article - page 83 2703 K

july 07 TGO July 2007 - TGO Magazine
Chris Townsend review - TGO Best Buy

"I'm impressed with the Caldera Cone Stove system. It's easy to use, efficient in cold and windy weather and ultralight. I'll certainly be using it in the future. I recon it's the best meths stove around at present."

Original article - page 104 411K

Mar 07 TGO March 2007 - TGO Magazine

For her April 2007 attempt to do the 3300 mile Alpine Challenge, Judy Armstrong chose the Caldera Cone system for her food prep. This article in TGO discusses her gear (only supplying the page that mentioned the Caldera). You can also read more about the plan on her website.

Original article - page 95 881k

"The combination of stability, light weight, fuel efficiency and wind resistance makes the Caldera Stove the best meths stove for backpacking in my opinion, suitable for any length of trip at any time of year."

Chris Townsend
TGO's Technical Editor
TGO January 2008 Best Buy

"I'm impressed with the Caldera ConeTM Stove system ....... I reckon it's the best meths stove around at present."

Chris Townsend
TGO's Technical Editor
TGO July 2007 Best Buy

July 2008

"This is a remarkable product......ideal for ultralight backpacking. Verdict: This is minimalist with a capital M but functional with a capital F."


2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

"I can't imagine a lighter complete cooking system than this."
Will's Caldera Keg Review

Will Rietveld
BPL Associate Editor
2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

"The AGG Caldera Kitchen is the ideal couple's ultralight cooking system, and my wife and I take it on every trip....Just say, 'I will not use a canister stove again!'"
Alan's Caldera Kitchen Review

Alan Dixon
BPL Editorial Correspondent
2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

2006 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

"Think of the Caldera Cone Stove System as an alcohol version of the JetBoil without the weight penalty!"
Alan's Caldera Cone Review

Alan Dixon
BPL Senior Technical Editor
2006 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

Compatible Pots

All Compatible Pots: 
  • Mountain Laurel Designs 475 ml Ti Pot
  • AlpKit MyTiMug *post-2008/pre-2014*
  • AlpKit MyTiMug *pre-2008*
  • Alpkit MytiMug 650
  • Alpkit MytiPot (1350ml)
  • Alpkit MytiPot (900ml)
  • AlpKit MyTiStax
  • Alum. Sidewinder for Open Country 2qt
  • Anti-Gravity Gear 2Qt Pot
  • Anti-Gravity Gear 3 Cup Pot
  • 1100ml
  • 1650ml
  • 700 ml
  • Backpacking Lite 475 ml Trapper Mug
  • BPL FireLite 1100 ml
  • BPL FireLite 1300 ml
  • BPL FireLite 500 (handles - pre 2010)
  • BPL FireLite 550 ml (post 2010)
  • BPL FireLite 550 ml Mugs (pre 2010)
  • BPL FireLite 900 ml (post 2010)
  • BPL FireLite 900 ml (pre 2010)
  • BPL FireLite SUL-500 (no handles - pre 2010)
  • BrassLite 550 ml Ti Mug
  • BrassLite 600 ml Ti Mug
  • BrassLite 700 ml Ti Mug
  • BrassLite 900 ml Ti Pot
  • Brunton IB AL Pot Set
  • Esbit PT750-TI
  • Evernew .9 L Short Ti Pot (ECA252, ECA417, ECA422, ECA726)
  • Evernew .9 L Tall Ti Pot (ECA721, ECA265, ECA402)
  • Evernew 1.0 L Pasta Pot (ECA522)
  • Evernew 1.3 L Pot (ECA253, ECA418, ECA423)
  • Evernew 1.4 L Pot (ECA403)
  • Evernew 1.9L Deep Ti Pot (ECA404)
  • Evernew 1.9L Short Ti Pot (ECA424, ECA419)
  • Evernew 400 ml Ti Mug (ECA348, ECA355, ECA337)
  • Evernew 400ml Companion Cup (EBY-265)
  • Evernew 500 ml Ti Mug Pot (ECA266)
  • Evernew 600 ml Short Ti Pot (ECA251, ECA421)
  • Evernew 640 ml Tall Ti Pot (ECA264, ECA401)
  • Evernew 750 ml Al Pot (ECA183)
  • Evernew 750 ml Pasta Pot (ECA521)
  • Evernew 750/400 ml Stacking Set (ECA278)
  • Evernew 900 ml Ti Mug Pot (ECA267)
  • GSI Glacier Stainless Cup/Pot (500ml)
  • GSI Halulite Microdualist
  • GSI Pinnacle Dualist Al Pot
  • GSI Pinnacle Soloist Al Pot
  • K-Mart Grease Pot
  • LiteTrail 550ml Ti Cookpot
  • LiteTrail 900ml Ti Cookpot
  • Mountain Laurel Designs 850 ml Ti Pot
  • MSR .85 (OLD DESIGN)
  • MSR .85 L Titan Kettle
  • MSR 0.4 L Titanium Mug
  • MSR 1.0 L Titan Pot
  • MSR 1.5 L Titan Pot
  • MSR 2.0 L Titan Pot (not kettle)
  • My Solo 900
  • Open Country 2 quart hard anodized (no handle)
  • Open Country 2 quart non-stick (no handle)
  • Open Country 3 cup hard anodized
  • Open Country 3 cup non-stick
  • Optimus Terra Solo Cook Set
  • REI Ti Ware .9 L Ti Pot
  • REI Ti Ware 1.3 L Ti Pot
  • REI Ti Ware 1L Pasta Pot
  • REI Ti Ware Stacking Set
  • Ruta Locura 450
  • Ruta Locura 550
  • Snow Peak 1400
  • Snow Peak 450
  • Snow Peak 600
  • Snow Peak 700
  • Snow Peak 900
  • Snow Peak Bowl
  • Snow Peak Cook-n-Save
  • Snow Peak Hybrid Summit
  • Snow Peak Hybrid Trail
  • Snow Peak Mini Solo Ti Set
  • Snow Peak Multi Compact Cookset (large pot)
  • Snow Peak Multi Compact Cookset (small pot)
  • Stoic Ti 1.6L
  • Stoic Ti Kettle 700
  • Ti-Goat 1100 ml Ti Pot
  • Ti-Goat 550 ml Ti Mug
  • Ti-Goat 700 ml Ti Mug
  • Ti-Goat 900 ml Ti Pot
  • Tibetan 1100 ml Ti Pot
  • Tibetan 1300 ml Ti Pot
  • Tibetan 550 ml Ti Mug
  • Tibetan 700 ml Ti Pot
  • Tibetan 900 ml Ti Pot
  • Toaks 1000
  • Toaks 1100 (w/ Frying Pan Lid)
  • Toaks 1100 Mug/Pot
  • Toaks 1350 (UL and Regular)
  • Toaks 550
  • Toaks 600ml Pot
  • Toaks 750 (handles)
  • Toaks 750 (NO handles)
  • Toaks 850
  • Toaks 850/380 Nesting Set
  • Toaks 900 (115mm Mug)
  • Toaks 900 (130mm Pot)
  • Toaks Light Mug (650ml)
  • Toaks Light Pot (700ml)
  • Trangia 1L/27 Al Pot
  • Trangia Mini/28 Al Pot
  • Vargo .9 L (short/wide/handleless) Ti Pot
  • Vargo 1.3 L Ti Pot (Post 2012 - with handle)
  • Vargo 1.3 L Ti Pot (Pre 2012 - no handle)
  • Vargo 450ml
  • Vargo 750 ml Sierra Cup
  • Vargo 750ml Ti-Lite
  • Vargo 900ml Ti-Lite Mug
  • Vargo BOT (0.7Liter)
  • Vargo BOT (1 Liter)